NRC report: Duke researchers mishandled radioactive material via


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – A report from a federal agency says Duke University researchers mishandled radioactive material during an experiment last month.

The Duke Chronicle reports ( that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said a sample of Uranium-235 was “compromised and assumed to be leaking” during an experiment on Feb. 11. The incident was not reported until Feb. 15.

According to the report, traces of Uranium-235 were found on one physicist’s toilet, and it was promptly decontaminated.


Uranium-235 can be used as fuel for nuclear power plants and the nuclear reactors that run ships and submarines. It also can be used in nuclear weapons.


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